Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fight or Flight

As many of my close friends and family know, I have come to a turning point. A proverbial fork in the road.

Although I have experienced 12 wonderful, educational, and developmental years working in College Student Affairs/Higher Education, the time has come to spread my wings. Everything was up in the air for quite some time, and I had reached a stage of burn-out. My office is in a dark basement, tainted with fluorescent lighting. There are no windows, which has never been easy for me, being a lover of natural light. I would often daydream, with my head in the clouds, imagining a job where I was not confined to a tiny cell, but instead exploring the world. I've always been pretty grounded, but I had reached a point where I had to make a critical decision: "fight or flight".

I chose flight.

After many years of considering this career shift, I have decided that it is appropriate timing to be a Flight Attendant! My best friend from High School (JoAnn) has worked for her airline since 1999. She told me an hour after the position posted that they were hiring flight attendants for the first time in years. I jumped right on it, applied, was invited for an inteview a few weeks later. I flew to Houston, was offered, and accepted the position that very day. Not to toot my own horn, but my understanding is that 100,000 people applied and they are hiring 900. Even though the Stewardess role has lost some of its glamour from the days of Pan Am in the mid-sixties, it is still a very coveted position. I think I will love everything about it- but most of all: the travel benefits. So in mid-September I will begin my training. I graduate in mid-October and begin flying shortly after that. I will most likely be based out of EWR (Newark). This makes me very happy, because I've been wanting to leave North Carolina and return to the greater NYC area for awhile now.

Although, I've got to say- there have been some definite improvements to my life in NC this summer. I've become closer to some new friends, I've appreciated and enjoyed the pool each weekend, and I've had a chance to really try and appreciate some of the "foodie" culture of the Triangle area. Additionally, I've met someone awesome with whom I've been spending a lot of my time, but he is a private person and I suspect he would appreciate me not broadcasting our personal information in a blog (at least not at this point). However- stay tuned, as I'm sure there will be some upcoming trips and vacations that we will be taking together in the not-so-far future.

Meanwhile, much like my experience on Semester at Sea, my blog will be updated much more often. Travel gives me excellent material for writing. An entire new dimension of thoughts, ideas, and creativity has opened. It's as if the Captain has turned off the "fasten seatbelt" sign and I am now free to move about the world.